DAN Hannebery isn’t the only rival big name St Kilda is targeting, with West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett high on the Victorian club’s priority list.
Lycett, a restricted free agent, remains unsigned with the Eagles beyond 2018, despite producing a career-best season for the club this season.
The Age reported on Thursday night that the Saints had made an “aggressive bid” to lure Lycett to Moorabbin with a “substantial, long-term offer”.
It comes after the Saints confirmed their interest in gun midfielder Hannebery, who’s been offered a five-year deal (four plus another if he meets a trigger clause) by the club despite being contracted to the Swans until the end of 2021.
West Coast has already made Lycett a contract offer and is very keen to hold onto the gun big man, with first-choice ruckman Nic Naitanui to nearly all of the 2019 season due to an ACL rupture.
Naitanui’s injury means the worth of Lycett, who has long yearned to be a club’s No. 1 ruckman, to West Coast has soared dramatically.
But Lycett has attracted significant interest from rival clubs, including Port Adelaide, which circled the South Australian product back in 2014 and is reportedly set to make a big play for him in the coming months.
Other clubs that have been linked to Lycett include Geelong, Richmond and the GWS Giants.
Port is reportedly keen to add a player like Lycett to its list to support No. 1 ruckman Paddy Ryder. Subsequently, Lycett would also take the pressure off Charlie Dixon and Justin Westhoff to play as a second ruckman, as well as allow young big man Sam Hayes to develop in the SANFL.
The Saints have a glut of ruckmen on their list, but two of them are out of contract beyond this season. Billy Longer has managed just five senior games this season, while Lewis Pierce this weekend will play his just his second ever AFL match and first since Round 12, 2016. Tom Hickey and Rowan Marshall, who are both out of contract at the end of 2019, have been the Saints’ preferred ruck combination for most of this season.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson last month said the club is doing everything it can to re-sign Lycett, as well as fellow stars Andrew Gaff and Jeremy McGovern.